Serious players of skittles have for centuries preferred to use balls made a heavy hardwood, often tropical. However, these days, many leagues are having to try new materials.
We have a guide on choosing your skittle balls size. Please see our skittle balls size information page.
We have had specially manufactured some balls made from laminated Beech timber. Beech is a hard wood but will not last as long as Lignum Vitae or rubber or phenolic resin. But for those looking for the traditional material, these balls are good quality at a decent price.
Please note that Beechwood is considerably lighter than phenolic resin, hard rubber or Lignum. There is at least one league that uses 4.5 inch Beech balls for larger pins but in general Beech is an unusual wood to use for skittle balls. 150mm Beech balls are therefore significantly larger than typical skittle balls and, despite the size, are still probably best for pins that are 4.5 inch diameter or less.
Each 150mm ball weighs around 1.1g (this varies slightly according to humidity / temperature).
These skittle balls are much larger than is typical for skittle balls of this weight - almost 6 inches diameter! To avoid disappointment, please double-check that balls of this size will work for you before ordering.
Set of 3 Beech skittle balls (150mm diameter)
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